Saturday, May 16, 2015

Two beer festivals, a drag queen race and parties

Today is going to be crazy! Get out early and enjoy a day on the lake, and then head to Southend for the craziest obstacle course race that you will ever see. Let's get this party started. See you in the streets...

Party In The Morning - When I think of partying in the morning, it's typically because I'm just getting home from the club. Wake 'N Shake challenges early risers to enjoy a morning rave featuring a DJ, dancing, yoga and breakfast. Cool concept. 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., The Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. $8 and up.

No Meat Zone! - Sample a variety of vegan foods at the 4th Annual Charlotte Vegfest presented by Eco-Licious and The Humane League. Explore the benefits of vegetarian living. It will feature local vegetarian restaurants and food trucks, local vendors, live music, speakers, nutritional experts, vegan cooking demonstrations, free prizes, gift bags and more. 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. 1916 Commonwealth Ave. Free.

For the Family - This is a great way to spend the day at the lake with the kids. Watch the races and enjoy the ceremony at the 10th Annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ramsey Creek Park. Parking at 8900 North Pointe Executive Park
Huntersville. Shuttles will take you to Ramsey Park. Free.

Stilettos And Wigs - This isn’t your typical obstacle course. Participants wear high heels and a wig to navigate games and obstacles at the Queen City Drag Race.  2 p.m. The Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave.

Wild Night SPENT Entertainment proudly presents Dazed & Confused featuring two headliners, 13 DJs, go-go dancers and more. 10 p.m. The Chop Shop, 399 East 35th St. $15 and up.

Old School - Three DJs will spin ‘90s hip-hop, reggae, R&B and soul in the latest edition of Off The Wall. 10 p.m. Crown Station, 1425 Elizabeth Ave. Free before 11 p.m.

Don't Forget

Beer Festivals: Southend Hops Festival features craft beer, live music, food trucks and it’s dog-friendly. $35 and up. General admission tickets include unlimited beer tastings and a souvenir tasting cup. VIP tickets are $50 and include early entry into the festival, unlimited beer tastings, souvenir tasting cup, private VIP ares with Newk's Eatery appetizers, seating area and a VIP-only restroom. 2 p.m. Carson and Mint. Tickets.


Speedway All-American Craft Brewer’s Festival features the Beer Haven mobile festival, a self-pour beer sampling station billed as the world's largest mobile bar and brewery. The festival will feature 50 craft beers from Charlotte-regional craft breweries during both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star and Coca-Cola 600 race weekends. It will also include the Bucking Mule Brewery, a mobile brewery with a five-barrel brewing capacity and canning system mounted to a 53-foot-long tractor trailer. Participants can learn the brewing and canning process from brewmasters. Admission includes unlimited sampling. 1-4 p.m., Charlotte Motor Speedway. $39.
Take the Ragin’ Uptown Party Bus to the Speedway festival. $20. BYOB and small coolers are welcome for the ride. 11 a.m. Check-in at Tyber Creek Pub.